UNMC Community Academy

UNMC Community Academy group

The broad goal of the UNMC Community Academy Health Science Careers Exploration Program is to expose middle and high school students to careers in the health sciences. The program offers participants the opportunity to engage in lectures, presentations, and fun hands-on learning activities, which are conducted by UNMC faculty, staff, students, and community volunteers. While attending programs at the UNMC Youth Learning Center, Community Academy students are also given the resources needed to enhance their academic success, hone their leadership skills, and give back to the community through volunteer activities. UNMC Community Academy students are focused, eager to learn, fun-loving, good listeners, and enjoy spending time with and helping other people. They are willing to work hard in keeping their grades up and are interested in exploring the many careers available to them in the health care arena. Students who exhibit the desire and interest in learning more about health sciences and health careers are encouraged to apply. The UNMC Community Academy is a year-round program. During the fall/winter, students meet every 3rd Saturday during the school year from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Students are given the opportunity to attend the UNMC Community Academy Fall/Winter sessions consecutively from 7th – 12thgrade.

The UNMC Community Academy also offers programming during the summer. Three summer session are offered; each lasting two weeks. We meet Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Community Academy students may attend the summer session once; as many students apply, space is limited, and the schedule is fairly similar from year to year.

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UNMC Community Academy Exploration Program
For further information regarding the UNMC Community Academy Exploration Program, please contact:  

Lisa Jewell-Hardesty,
M.A., Director

UNMC Youth Learning Center
985555 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5555
office 402-559-6357
fax 402-559-3855
Email ljewell@unmc.edu